Mitigating Urban Freight through Effective Management of Truck Chassis

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Project Summary

This research project assesses the potential benefits of shared chassis management at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as well as the jurisdictional and institutional issues surrounding coordinated equipment management. Chassis facilitate the movement of intermodal cargo from the ocean vessel to truck and freight rail. Chassis storage has typically occurred at maritime terminals and rail yards. Ocean carriers operating in the US have traditionally owned the chassis and provided it to truckers for their use in transferring containers between the ports and distribution and intermodal facilities as part of local trips (drays).  

Carriers however have realized that the current model is not sustainable and have established different equipment management procedures. Increasingly, motor carriers use “neutral” or “gray” chassis provided by third party providers and not belonging to any one ocean carrier.

This research project assesses the impacts of changing equipment management practices at the national level and the unique challenges in implementing similar changes in Southern California. The project builds upon METRANS-funded research done on intra-terminal chassis management practices at Southern California ports. The model for institutional analysis of port-related policy is similar to work done by the PI on off-peak operations at the ports and on environmental policy.

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Topic Area

Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems

P.I. Name & Address

Director, METRANS CSULB Programs
California State University Long Beach
6300 State University Drive
Suite 255
Long Beach, CA 90815
United States

Funding Source

California Department of Transportation

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Start and End Dates

8/25/2014 - 12/31/2015